Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Southern grad Mike Gesicki taken in NFL Draft

Southern grad Mike Gesicki taken in NFL Draft

With the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back out of Alabama.

Gesicki was a second-round selection Friday in the Dolphins' latest attempt to fill a position that has been problematic since Adam Gase became coach two years ago. However, if you want a pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties, he might be your guy.

Gesicki said he visited the Dolphins recently and quickly felt he would be a good fit on a team that very much needs a receiving threat at tight end. Miami now has MarQueis Gray, A.J. Derby, Thomas Duarte and the recently signed Gavin Escobar at the position, none of whom is a bonafide starter.

"The 6'6" Gesicki caught 57 passes for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns in his senior season.

"We're thrilled with the red zone possibilities, and he's a hard matchup for people, being that big and athletic", Grier said.

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Via NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, an AFC executive was quoted as saying that Fitzpatrick is "not quite on the same level of (New York Jets) Jamal Adams when it comes to changing the entire culture of a locker room, but he is just as talented and probably more versatile".

And then there was Mike Mayock's take on Gesicki's blocking, which is not great: "He is not a point-of-attack tight end in the run game". "He is an athletic freak and showed that with his performance at the National Football League combine".

Gesicki joins a Dolphins roster that is relatively low on weapons for Ryan Tannehill. Hamilton is likely the next off the board for Penn State with a host of other players not far behind.

Hayden Hurst of SC was the only tight end taken before Gesicki, going to the Ravens with the 25th pick of the first round.

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